But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:00

Old Testament Prophecy

“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.” (1 Peter 1:10)

Our verse today and the verses that follow tell us a good deal about Old Testament prophecy and, rightly understood, answer many of the...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Nature of the Incarnation, Part 2” Featured

Nativity scenes are profoundly ironic. The smallest character in the ensemble represents the Creator and sustainer of the universe!

There’s something unfathomable about the unchanging and eternal God housed in humanity and experiencing the growth process from birth to adulthood. One thousand...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:32

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful

There’s a form of pride that can be present in a pastor who seems very humble. He may be the first to admit he’s wrong, the first to apologize for impatience, and the slowest to criticize others. He’s happy to give young, inexperienced men the opportunity to share in ministry...

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:05

December 15: They Stood Alone, for Christ Alone

Ministry in Troubling Timesby Rev. David T. Myers

Here’s a question for those of you who are teaching elders and pastors:—how long would your congregations exist without your presence, or any pastor-teacher’s presence over them in the Lord? In other words, suppose your congregation...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:05

The Matter of Membership

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In high school, my church youth group did door to door evangelism once a week. We walked through neighborhoods and knocked on doors in hopes of sharing Christ with someone. One week, my evangelism team ended up in the living room of a man going on and on about his personal relationship with Christ...

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Written by Mallory Bierig
Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:00

Hymn: "I Will Sing of the Lamb" by Stuart Townend

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I Will Sing of the LambBy: Stuart Townend

I will sing of the lamb, Of the price that was paid for me, Purchased by God, Giving all He could give! Here now I stand In the garments of righteousness; Death has no hold, for in Jesus I live.

I will sing of His blood That flows for my wretchedness, Wounds...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:00

Featured Resource: "Voices from the Past"

Over the past fifty years, there's been a great resurgence of interest in the writings of the Puritans. The reading of their works has brought great benefit to the people of God in many lands. Christians from many different backgrounds and cultures owe a great debt of gratitude to those faithful...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:33

Kris Vallotton and Bethel Cannot Escape Link to New Age Occultism Featured

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Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson are in a quagmire of New Age Occultism of their own making, but no matter how many posts they erase, or how much they tell their own cover stories, the truth is that they don't teach biblical Christianity and it's (hopefully) starting to become more obvious.

At Bethel...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:27

The Deity of Christ Featured

At the very heart of the Christian faith is the contention that Jesus Christ is God, the second person of the Trinity. The orthodox formulation of the doctrine of the triune God is to say that there is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Integral to the trinitarian understanding...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:19

R.C. Sproul, From Dust To Glory

To add to what Steve Hays has posted, John Piper has a good article on Sproul. He was an unusually good communicator who held such a high view of God and of scripture, and he was willing to fight a lot of battles that needed to be fought. Since Sproul communicated so many important truths so well,...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:10

Trevin’s Seven – Best of the Year Edition

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After having written more than 75,000 words on this site this year, I’m ready now to publish my last blog post of 2017. Periodic breaks from blogging and social media help me be refreshed spiritually and intellectually. I plan for my time online to be sparse over the holidays as I focus on...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:01

Revolutionary Prayer

December 15

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘When you pray, say: ‘Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” -LUKE 11:2

This is a revolutionary act. It is praying for the establishment of a Kingdom and a Will in...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:00

“Approved to God”

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. —2 Timothy 2:15

If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:00

Daily Bible Readings for Dec. 16-31

Saturday, Dec. 16 Micah 5:1-7:20 Revelation 7:1-17 Psalm 135:1-21 Proverbs 30:5-6

Sunday, Dec. 17 Nahum 1:1-3:19 Revelation 8:1-13 Psalm 136:1-26 Proverbs 30:7-9

Monday, Dec. 18 Habakkuk 1:1-3:19 Revelation 9:1-21 Psalm 137:1-9 Proverbs 30:10

Tuesday, Dec. 19 Zephaniah 1:1-3:20 Revelation 10:1-11 Psal...

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Written by christianindex
Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:50

R.C. Sproul: The Great Children's Book Author

Many Christians are sorrowful yet rejoicing this evening, as R.C. Sproul has graduated to heaven. Sproul is known for communicating the deep truths of scripture in a way that any lay person could understand. As Duke Kwon said in a tweet this evening, "After a young person got electrified at a...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:12

Mourning Dr. R.C. Sproul, with hope

Evangelicalism lost one of its best modern-day Bible teachers on Thursday with the death of Dr. R.C. Sproul, founder of Ligonier Ministries and host of the Christian radio show, “Renewing Your Mind.”

I pray for God’s comfort for the Sproul family and the whole Ligonier Ministries...

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Written by JanetMefferd
Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:09

Why Academy of Hope? – Reflections of a mom with children in the public school

As Christian parents, we have internally debated whether to send our children to Public School, Christian School, or Home School.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both and after much prayer and consideration, we, at this point, have chosen to send our children to Public...

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Written by Candace Nordine
Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:06

Frame on Sproul

R. C. Sproul and I were born two months apart, in the same city, Pittsburgh. Both of us were profoundly influenced by John Gerstner. RC went to Pittsburgh Seminary to study with Gerstner; I went to Westminster to study with Gerstner’s teachers. But I visited Pittsburgh Seminary a...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:00

Most Calvinists are Only Halfway There

“If you are Calvinist in your soteriology and historically Reformed in your ecclesiology, then you need to think Christendom is a good thing . . . If anabaptist assumptions had not carried the day, affecting virtually everybody who looks at Church-state issues, we would recognize this move...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:59

Essential Elements of Young Earth Creationism and Their Importance to Christian Theology, Part 3

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By Matthew A. Postiff, from DBSJ. Read the series.

Non-Essentials of Young Earth Theology

Although various authors over the past decades have expressed strong beliefs in one or the other details of young earth theology, many such details are extraneous to the system,...

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Written by Guest
Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:53

R.C. Sproul – A Man of the Book

As we exited the double doors at the back of the church the pastor was there to greet us and shake our hands. He had a warm smile and a twinkle in his eyes as I filed by exchanging quick pleasantries. I thanked him for his message which — though it wasn’t impressive or remarkable by any...

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Written by Kyle Borg
Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:50

A Tribute to Dr. R.C. Sproul

There is no way adequately to state the impact of Dr. R.C. Sproul. The impact on people could perhaps be quantified, but the immeasurable spiritual impact that R.C.’s teaching has had on so many can only be quantified by the Lord himself. Its vast reach will always remain incalculable to us.

No...

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Written by James Baird
Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:21

Who picks the referee?

I listened to Bishop Barron's argument for Catholicism. 
It's hardly an original argument. 
i) I agree with him that the Holy Spirit doesn't interpret the Bible for readers. 
ii) Notice the a priori nature of the appeal: "If God saw fit to do...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:14

The People’s Theologian is now the Perfect Theologian

It’s a day of sore hearts and wet eyes for many of us. “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?” (2 Sam 3:38). Read Justin Taylor’s tribute here.

Watch RC’s face light up as his Highland Hymn is sung. The beautiful...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:07

False Teacher of the Year 2017

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Once again it's that magical time of the year when the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock (extra points to whom ever can identify that quote WITHOUT using Google). I love this time of year, when I look to the west and see the mountains pointing upward toward God.
I love this time...

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Written by Doug Evans
Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:53

My Tribute to R.C. Sproul

I found out earlier today that R.C. Sproul is now with the Lord. I was getting ready to post something on twitter and that’s when I saw the many tributes and tweets about the news of his passing. I stopped and went to the couch in my living room and read more of the tributes. I’m sure...

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Written by David Qaoud
Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:53

Hodge connects ChristAlignment to Bethel; Bethel retracts statement.

Before tackling this issue – we want to point out that the New Apostolic Reformation church known as Bethel (governed by NAR Apostle Bill Johnson) is directly responsible for promoting nonsense like this in the name of Jesus Christ. As you will find out in the timeline below, Hodge states how...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:00

Roman Catholicism’s View of the Eternal State | The Rapp Report daily 030 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

This podcast evaluates the view of the eternal state in Roman Catholoicism.

This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources http://strivingforeternity.org/

Get the full interviews with your support:...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Thursday, 14 December 2017 07:58

He Finished the Race (RC Sproul) Featured

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I became a Christian in March of 2001. Soon after, I had discovered WMCA, 570AM Radio, here in New York. It’s a Christian talk radio station. My commute to work in those days was over an hour, both ways (as it still is today). This was just before “podcasts,” so I used this time...

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Written by theidolbabbler.com
Thursday, 14 December 2017 07:46

Selah R. C. Sproul (1939-2017)

R. C. Sproul died today. He was 78 years old. I did not know R. C. Sproul. I never shook his hand. I never even personally saw him from a distance. But I did sit under him. For years I sat under him. There was a long pause of my heart when Carrie, my admin, […]

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Written by Michael Patton
Thursday, 14 December 2017 07:20

R. C. Sproul: In Memoriam

The death of a saint always fills fellow pilgrims with inner conflict: joy in their being in the presence of the Lord, without the pains and struggles of this fallen existence, and sorrow at losing a dear brother or sister. These mixed emotions overwhelmed me as I sat next to R.C. Sproul as we...

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Written by Michael Horton
Thursday, 14 December 2017 07:10

R.C. Sproul (1939–2017)

Written by steve
Thursday, 14 December 2017 06:30

A Bright and Burning Light: Robert Charles Sproul, February 13, 1939-December 14, 2017 Featured

Mostmerciful Father, who hast been pleased to take unto thyself the soul of this thy servant; Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that having served thee with constancy on earth, we may be joined hereafter with thy blessed saints in glory everlasting; through...

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Written by Albert Mohler
Thursday, 14 December 2017 06:10

Where is He Now? Christ and His Session

Only a single word remained, “Croatoan.” It was all that Governor John White could find of the 115 people (including his own family) he left behind three years earlier in 1587. Roanoke colony had vanished. There were no bodies, no gravesites; even the buildings had all been dismantled...

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Written by Nate Palmer
Thursday, 14 December 2017 06:00

Remembering R.C. Sproul, 1939–2017

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R.C. Sproul, theologian, pastor, and founder of Ligonier Ministries, died on December 14, 2017, at the age of 78, after being hospitalized due to complications from emphysema. Dr. Sproul is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of fifty-seven years, Vesta Ann (Voorhis); their daughter,...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:54

Assurance, Good Works, and Sovereign Grace (Berkhof)

image The Heidelberg Catechism says that the Christian’s good works help in the assurance of faith: “we do good so that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits” (Q/A 86).  The Westminster Larger Catechism notes under assurance that the Holy Spirit enables Christians...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:51

R.C. Sproul (1939-2017)

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(Click on image to read about Sproul.)

Authors: epistleofdude...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:50

R.C. Sproul on the Curse Motif of the Atonement

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An excerpt from R.C. Sproul’s 2008 T4G message: “The Curse Motif of the Atonement.”

You can watch the whole thing here. One of the best sermons I’ve ever heard.

Authors: Kevin DeYoung...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:46

Some personal reflections on the ministry of R. C. Sproul (1939-2017)

image The news just went out that theologian R. C. Sproul has passed away. I cannot overstate what his influence has been over multiple generations of evangelicals. I was not personal friends with Dr. Sproul and never had the pleasure even to meet him (I am eager to hear the stories of those who did...

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Written by Denny Burk
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:42

RC Sproul Has Entered into Eternity

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Today Christian theologian and teacher RC Sproul went home to be with the Lord around 3 PM Eastern Standard Time.  Over at Ligoner Ministry they have these details:

Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:40

A Letter from Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, Chairman of Ligonier Ministries

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Dear Friend of Ligonier,

Our founder, Dr. R.C. Sproul, was called home to glory on Thursday, December 14, 2017. He died peacefully with his family at his side. We are all grieving our loss, but we are comforted by the promises of Christ’s gospel—promises that R.C. believed and taught...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:25

Leading our Emotions I – Depression

Depression is such an awful battle. Be assured, in Christ, you can experience mega-joy. — Last week I preached the first sermon in our new series, Leading Our Emotions Through the Holidays. You can listen or read the below summary.

How do we battle depression and sadness...

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Written by Chris
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:15

R.C. Sproul (1939–2017)

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Presbyterian minister R.C. Sproul, one of the most influential popularizers of Reformed theology spanning the late 20th and early 21st centuries, entered into the joy of his Lord and Savior on December 14, 2017, following complications from emphysema. He was 78 years old.

Because he preached the...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:05

Next Time: A Tribute To R.C. Sproul

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Ligonier Ministries has just announced that R.C. Sproul has passed away. But I don’t think he would want you to cry about it. “You can grieve for me the week before I die, if I’m scared and hurting” he once said, “but when I gasp that last fleeting breath and my...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:02

Lion in our Midst: A Eulogy for R. C. Sproul (Robert Brady)

Our prayers today are with the family of R.C. Sproul, who has been called home to glory. Read his eulogy below, written by Rick Phillips...We grieve today at the news of R. C. Sproul's departure from this life, while so blessed at the knowledge that he basks in the glory of the Savior he served and...

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